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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

2004, Gerald Fox, UK, 86 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 19th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 19th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Jul 20th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 21st 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 22nd 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 24th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jul 25th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"A superb document…authoritative, remarkably candid and often moving."—Gareth Evans, Time Out London

"Takes the viewer deep inside [Frank's] personal and creative life…Fox has managed to communicate something important about the real man behind the artist."—Deborah Young, Variety

The first feature-length film about the great photographer, LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME was filmed in 2004 but shelved because Robert Frank considered it too revealing; only now has he authorized its first U.S. release. More a personal portrait attuned to the flow of its subject's moods and memories than a comprehensive history, the film still manages to cover the essentials of Frank's life and career: his youth in Switzerland; his lover's quarrels with his adopted country (America) and city (New York); the evolution of his once-condemned, now iconic photo-book The Americans; his affiliation with the Beat movement; his later turns toward filmmaking and photo collage; his suppressed Rolling Stones documentary COCKSUCKER BLUES; his relocation to Nova Scotia; the tragic deaths of his two adult children; and his enduring second marriage to sculptor June Leaf. Following Frank around New York, this up-close portrait captures him in candid moments ranging from the cranky to the contemplative, using the occasional friction between filmmakers and subject to add bite to the film. DCP digital. (MR)

At all screenings, the feature will be followed by Frank's celebrated first film PULL MY DAISY (1959, 28 min., co-directed by Alfred Leslie, narrated by Jack Kerouac), a classic of artfully contrived spontaneity in which a couple's dinner with a bishop is invaded by their beatnik friends. ProRes digital courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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